Pleurothallis medusa Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Pleurothallis SERIES Pleurothallis Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name or Meaning The Medusa Pleurothallis [an allusion to how the long entwined sepals of the flowers look on the inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 2600 to 2800 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with slender ramicauls enveloped with a tubular sheath near the middle and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a fascile of numerous, simultaneous single flowered inflorescence arising through and concealed by a spathe below the apex of the ramicaul.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Luer 1998 drawing fide;